UAA hockey team captain released on bail

Posted: Thursday, September 16, 2004

ANCHORAGE - The captain of the University of Alaska Anchorage hockey team was released into the custody of his parents after spending two days in jail on an assault charge.

Lee Green, 22, of Soldotna, is accused of punching teammate Brett Arcand-Kootenay on Sunday morning in the team's locker room on campus.

District Court Judge Nancy Nolan approved Green's release on $2,500 bail after his parents, Dan and Mary Green, agreed to serve as third-party custodians. He will be required to be with one of his parents at all times.

UAA athletic director Steve Cobb suspended Green from the team indefinitely Monday. Green is prohibited from skating or working out with the Seawolves but can attend classes.

Arcand-Kootenay, 21, of St. Albert, Alberta, spent Tuesday at his apartment, resting and recovering from surgery to repair two fractures of his jaw. Arcand-Kootenay's jaw was wired shut.

The incident stemmed, in part, from a dispute over a training run on Sunday morning, according to Anchorage police.

Green's attorney, Kevin Fitzgerald, said Green is remorseful.

"He really is genuinely concerned about Brett's health and well-being," Fitzgerald said.

Green, a senior, is in his second season as team captain. Fitzgerald said Green is concerned about what effect the incident will have.

"He's not only embarrassed about all this, but he's also concerned about what kind of stain this brings to the university and how it will affect the team," Fitzgerald said.

Arcand-Kootenay declined comment. "The appropriate people are taking care of it," he said.

NCAA rules say the Seawolves can't open official practices with coaches present until Oct. 2. But many sports teams around the country hold captain's practices with no coaching supervision to help players with their conditioning.

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